Laura Carmichael Golden Globes Inspired Makeup Tutorial


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Laura Carmichael, AKA "Lady Edith" from one of my favorite shows, Downton Abbey, is constantly killing it on the red carpet. Her makeup is always flawless, and I was totally feeling her gray-black smoky eye at the Golden Globes from a couple of weekends ago. I was able to get my gorgeous friend Beulah (check out her blog!) to be my model for this look, so I decided to change it up and give Beulah a navy blue smoky eye. You can adapt this tutorial to whatever color you want! I knew navy blue would look great on Beulah, so I just ran with it. Read on for the full tutorial!

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  1. Start off by applying a navy blue eyeshadow base. I am using this one by NARS
  2. Apply a matte, navy blue eyeshadow on top of your eyeshadow base. 
  3. Blend the edges of your blue eyeshadow well into the crease. We don't want any harsh edged! I'm using a stiff, fluffy brush to blend.
  4. Using a tapered blending brush, apply a mid-tone matte brown eyeshadow into the crease to help blend the eyeshadow out.
  5. Take your matte navy blue eyeshadow and bring it underneath your lower lashline.
  6. Take a matte, black eyeshadow and blend it close to your upper lashline to add to the smoky eye effect.
  7. Apply a black pencil eyeliner onto your waterline. If your eyes are sensitive, then you can skip this step.
  8. Apply mascara. Since Beulah has craaaazy gorgeous lashes, I didn't add any falsies. Feel free to add some individual false lashes at this part if you're feeling bold!
  9. Apply a cream blush. I wanted this look to have a nice glow to it, hence why I am using a cream blush.
  10. Apply a neutral pink-peach lipstick.
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This look is so easy to do, and adds the perfect amount of smoulder to a night out on the town. And for my brown-eyed beauties, navy blue really makes your eyes pop!

Special thanks to Beulah for being my model for this look. Be prepared to see a lot more of her here on Brikasia! What's your favorite look to wear for a night out on the town?

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Brand Spotlight: Breakups To Makeup


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Unless you've been hiding under a rock recently, then you've probably noticed those witty makeup bags and compacts that have been appearing on the blogosphere. With sassy sayings such as "Please, I Can't Even Commit To A Lipstick" to "Love Raised Me, Lipstick Saved Me," Breakups To Makeups has taken the beauty industry by storm.

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Angelique and her mother at The Makeup Show Orlando
Breakups to Makeup is the brain child of Angelique Velez, a New York City based makeup artist and entrepreneur. I had seen fellow bloggers and makeup artists raving about their Breakups to Makeup stickers and makeup bags that they had gotten at The Makeup Show Orlando in 2013, but I had somehow missed their booth. I made sure I made up for that mistake this past November, and I made a beeline for their booth. And ya'll... I WANTED EVERYTHING.

Not only that, but Angelique and her mother were the most delightful people to talk to. Fortunately, I went to their booth when it wasn't completely swamped with people, and I was able to speak to Angelique and learn more about her brand. Inspired by a traumatic breakup, she says that makeup saved her from spiraling downwards. And from there, the concept of Breakups to Makeup was born.

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Naturally, I had to buy their tank tops so I could wear these sassy slogans loud and proud when I'm out and about. And honestly, I wish I had gotten more stuff! Whenever I wear my Breakups To Makeup tank tops out, I receive SO many compliments and people wanting to know where they can score these tops. I love how empowering these messages are for women. I mean, really, who can't get behind the saying "I would cry but my mascara is designer"?!

If you're wondering where to start, I recommend getting THIS makeup bag, THIS turban, or even THIS tee. Definitely explore their website and be prepared to make a major dent in your wallet. What's your favorite Breakups To Makeup saying?

Weekend Wrap Up // No. 46


Happy Sunday! I hope everyone has had a great weekend. This weekend was spent working on a lot of quality content that I'm really proud of, and you'll be seeing it in the coming weeks. Hurray for productive weekends! Anyway, I'm going to keep things short and to the point and share with you some of the links I've been reading around the web.

// The Latest on Brikasia //

// The List //

  • My friend Beulah is doing a ten-day blog challenge, and her posts have been amazing! I encourage you all to check it out and say "hi"! (Gold Morning Blog) 
  • This DIY Red Wine Facial is AMAZING and makes me want red wine even more than I already do. (Hairspray & Highheels)
  • These kids craft ideas are brilliant, and even though I don't have kids and am not "technically" a kid, I'm totally gonna do this. (love taza)

// Jamming Out //

You guys need to meet my new obsession. Meet the AMAZING French-Cuban sister duo, Ibeyi. They give me LIFE. This is one of my favorite songs of theirs- River.


What Are Your Beauty Resolutions?


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With the month of January practically over, we are well into the new year! I don't know about you guys, but this year I didn't make any resolutions for myself. I'm just winging it this year! But when my Beauty Council girls got together and decided to do a beauty resolutions post, I was game. After almost a month into the new year, it was a good time to reflect on what beauty resolutions I wanted to make. Without further ado, here are my beauty resolutions:
  • More red lipstick. I believe that red is such a powerful color, and I don't wear it enough! I definitely want that "fierce lady boss" kinda look so I definitely want to bust out my red lipstick more this year.
  • More "green" makeup. I've already completely transitioned my skincare into an all-natural regime, and I'd like to work on making my everyday makeup products as green-friendly as possible. 
  • Change up my hair. My hair is very long and very curly, and while the amount of compliments I get on my hair is through the roof, it is definitely time for a change. I don't think I can get away with chopping my hair off too short or I'll be getting the dreaded yield-sign look with my hair, but I'm thinking it's time for a healthy haircut and perhaps a change in color.
  • No more frivolous beauty spending. It is so easy for me to buy makeup that I don't use and use the excuse of "I could always throw it in my kit!" because let's be real: that excuse just means the product will be using a couple of times and then never used again. I waste so much money on makeup it isn't even funny. So, it is time to only purchase makeup that will make it into my regular beauty rotation.
  • Channel Queen Bey. You all probably are already aware of my love of Beyoncé, so this probably comes as no surprise. But what I love most about Beyoncé is how confident she is and how she just completely owns everything she wears. And her makeup game is always on point. So, this year I am resolving to be more like Bey and get my fierce diva on. Awww yea.
 Make sure you check out what my fellow Beauty Council girls have to say on this topic!

What are your beauty resolutions? Sound off in the comments!

Jessica Chastain Golden Globes Makeup Tutorial


Jessica Chastain Golden Globes Makeup
Last weekend were the Golden Globes, and the celebrities were really bringing it on the red carpet. One of my favorite looks from the Golden Globes was Jessica Chastain's makeup look. Talk about stunning beauty! It was a bronze/gray smokey eye and DAMN did it look good on her. So here is my feeble attempt at recreating this look. For the full tutorial, keep on reading!
Jessica Chastain Golden Globes Makeup Tutorial
  1. Start off by using a light, shimmery champagne eyeshadow on the inner corners of your eyes. For this tutorial, I'm using this Black|Up Cosmetics Eyeshadow Palette in PAL01, and am using the light, shimmery shade in the palette. The shades in this Bare Minerals palette are similar.
  2. Next, use a shimmery bronze eyeshadow and apply over the lid and blend it slightly into the crease. 
  3. Next, take a dark gray eyeshadow (I used this one by Urban Decay) and blend it into the crease, winging it out. You can keep building this color up by packing on the color if you want a more dramatic look.
  4. Taking a dark matte brown eyeshadow from the Black|Up eyeshadow palette, use this color to help blend out the gray eyeshadow further and build up intensity. 
  5. Take a light matte nude eyeshadow and apply it under the browbone.
  6. Take a mixture of the gray eyeshadow and the bronze eyeshadow and smudge it under the lower lashline.
  7. Smudge a black gel eyeliner on the upper lashline. I used this black eyeliner and smudged it onto my pencil brush before smudging it onto my lashline.
  8. Apply your mascara. If you're wearing this look out to a special event, add some individual false lashes to really make your eyes stand out.
  9. Apply a peachy blush. I'm using the Black|Up Cosmetics Blush in 05.
  10. Apply a nude-peach lipstick. I'm using my favorite NARS Audacious lipstick in Brigitte.
Jessica Chastain Golden Globes 2015 Makeup
And that's it! This is a gorgeous look that can be lightened up for daytime use, or vamped up for nighttime soirées. What were some of your favorite looks from the Golden Globes? Maybe I'll recreate them... ;)

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Weekend Wrap Up // No. 45


Happy Sunday everyone! I hope everyone had a great week and an even better weekend. Quick reminder: I have a giveaway going on where I'm giving away a $50 gift card to Sephora! That's a pretty big deal, so make sure you don't miss out on that one. Also, be sure to sign up for my newsletter! It goes out every Monday at noon on the dot, and it's a quick read, I promise. Besides that, here's what else has been going on in the blogosphere:

// The Latest on Brikasia // 

// The List //

  • If you've seen Into the Woods, then you're totally going to love this manicure. (The Dalai Lama's Nails)
  • Reese Witherspoon looked positively radiant at the Golden Globes last Sunday. Her secret? This amazing cream blush... (312 Beauty)
  • This DIY Coconut & Honey lip scrub looks like a winner to me! (Hairspray & Highheels)
  • If you love music and the music industry like me, then this article is a must-read. (Garance Dore)

// Jamming Out //

If you're looking for a groovy jam, then this is it: "My Type" by Saint Motel.


What's Your Beauty Uniform?


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Beauty Uniforms: we all have one. Have you ever slept through your alarm and realized that you're going to be late for work? We've all been there. Since you need to look professional because- oh no- you have a meeting scheduled as soon as you get into work, you gotta look like you didn't just wake up 5 minutes ago. That makeup look you can do in less than ten minutes and still look presentable? Well, that's your beauty uniform.

Your beauty uniform is the look that you default to because 1) it doesn't take up a lot of time and 2) you know you look good in it. I've realized that my go-to beauty uniform is simple: winged eyeliner, groomed brows, and a swipe of bright lipstick. Then I'm out the door, ready to take on the world.

I've seen the concept of the "beauty uniform" more recently on other blogs, and it's really piqued my interest. Everyone has a beauty uniform, even the most adventurous makeup enthusiasts. I'm sure even Beyonce has a beauty uniform. So now I want to know: What's your beauty uniform?

Smokey Cateye Makeup Tutorial


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Two of my favorite makeup looks are the smokey eye and cateye. So, obviously, the best of two worlds would be the smokey cateye look. Brilliant! I've been doing this look constantly in recent months, and not only does it photograph well, but it garners a lot of compliments as well. Curious as to how to achieve this look? Read on for the full tutorial!
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  1. After applying primer, apply a neutral brown, shimmery eyeshadow all over your lid (I used CARA Cosmetics Kiev). 
  2. Blend the brown eyeshadow with a nude eyeshadow close to your skin tone into the crease. I used this one.
  3. Take a black pencil eyeliner (I'm currently obsessed with this one) and line your upper lashline.
  4. Using a stiff, flat brush, smudge the eyeliner and wing it out.
  5. After winging out your eyeliner, take a black eyeshadow (I love CARA Cosmetics Shanghai shadow) and smudge over the eyeliner and bring it under the eye.
  6. With the same pencil eyeliner used previously, line your waterline.
  7. Apply a neutral glitter on your inner lower lashline. I love this one by Make Up For Ever in #3.
  8. Apply your mascara. I've been using this one a lot recently.
  9. Apply a light peachy blush on the top of your cheekbones (I'm using CARA Cosmetics Hollywood) and contour your face (I'm using CARA Cosmetics Nagoya).
  10. Apply your lip color. You can go neutral or bright here. I'm going for a happy medium- the YSL Glossy Stain in #15.
And that's it! Once you get the hang of it, this process goes by super quickly and is a quick and easy way to add some drama to your everyday life.
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Hope you enjoyed this tutorial! If you have any questions on this look, feel free to ask away in the comments!

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January 2015 Giveaway- Win a $50 Sephora Gift Card! (CLOSED)


Happy Monday! If you've been keeping up with our newsletter (sign up here!), then you know that starting this year, I will be holding awesome giveaways for YOU, my amazing readers, each month! Hurray!

This month, I'm giving away a $50 gift card to Sephora. Not too shabby! The giveaway starts NOW and will run until January 26, 2015 at 12:00 AM EST. That's two full weeks! The winner will be announced within 24 hours, and will have 48 hours to claim their prize. For five entries, sign up for our newsletter, and for two entries, leave a blog comment answering the following question: What would you buy with a $50 Sephora gift card?

Enter below!

EDIT: Forgot to mention- this giveaway is US only. Sorry international folks! I will be hosting a giveaway that is open internationally soon, so don't be too disappointed!

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Weekend Wrap Up // No. 44


Happy Sunday! The first full week of 2015 has flown by, and we're already heading into mid-January! Time, please chill a bit. As we head into mid-January, I'm starting to realize that I actually haven't set any resolutions for myself this year, which is highly unusual. I kinda feel like this year will be a year with no resolutions, just to kinda see how everything works out. I don't know! What about you guys? Have you set any resolutions yet?

Anyway, here's what you've missed!

// The Latest on Brikasia //

// The List //

  • This is an article I always love seeing: the beauty benefits of red wine. (Slashed Beauty)
  • A look at the original cult favorite: argan oil. (Into the Gloss)
  • I can't get enough of Longchamp bags. Gotta add more to my collection! (Nordstrom)
  • I wonder who I can convince to buy me a pair of classic Louboutin's... (Neiman Marcus)

// Jamming Out //

Have you heard Kanye's new single with Paul McCartney? It is SO good, and unlike most of Kanye's other work. His public persona aside, this single is so heartfelt and beautiful, and full disclosure: you may tear up a bit.


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